The mechanization in all areas of life always brings new building materials to light. However, they are often enriched with chemical additives which negatively affect the health and wellbeing of people and the environment. This boom seems to be the natural force to push the wood and its benefits back into the background.
This knowledge of natural wood processing is used for Thoma products which has been maintained and passed down for centuries.
In the 20th Century
In the 5th Century
With knowledge and intuition, the oldest timber constructions in Japan still hold unbelievable value in sustainability. The special moonwood harvesting during the trees' lowest level of sap allows durability, high quality and protection from fungi and insects which is crucial to our well-being.
Old building materials become a valuable source of raw materials instead of hazardous waste which cascades into its next use. This is the ideal economic model for an environmentally friendly inter-generational future.
Holz100 houses have an enormously long life, for over centuries. They can be completely recycled without any toxic residues. It is much more possible to turn a house into another house or other useful resources even after centuries after it has been built.
Thoma also optimizes this principle with a production process that centers on a raw materials cycle. That's why our manufacturing plants are operated with solar power, the wood comes from sustainably managed forests and it remains uncontaminated of chemicals, such as wood preservatives or glue.
Thoma operates in sustainable cycles. For millions of years, there has been a model of the circular economy in the world which our company has taken its example: the forest knows no waste but only cycles of raw, renewable material.
So with Thoma Holz100, single family homes or even entire office complexes can function independent of a power grid and without further consumption of non-renewable resources. Renewable energy is the best choice for renewable materials such as Holz100.
The massive timber system Thoma Holz100 wall serves as a long-term storage and natural regulation of temperature which creates a balanced year-round indoor climate. On this basis, only a minimum of home technology is needed, such as being powered by solar energy.
Passive houses without insulation and complicated building technology built from natural wood was long considered a utopia. Today, such a house is available and affordable to everyone, thanks to the successful developments in the Thoma research center.
Thoma means energy self-sufficiency and the woodpecker in the forest shows us the way for the energy of the future: being surrounded by massive timber allows your home to be warm during winter and cool in the summer.
Erwin Thoma published with the medical professor Dr. Max Moser, the inventor of the health effects from wood to man, the book "Gentle Medicine of the Trees", Servus Publisher Erwin Thoma and Max Moser.
Other aspects such as the spiritual messages of different types of wood, expand the holistic handling of wood which flows into all of Thoma's products. It is always important to leave the wood as unadulterated and natural as possible.
Scientific investigations were hired to prove the effects - with amazing results. Reduced heartbeats, more restful sleep, increased concentration, as well as a strengthening of the immune system and the autonomic nervous system could be used for a wood environment was detected.
At that time, the company founder Erwin Thoma experienced that pure solid wood interiors could heal his children's allergies. This discovery of the health benefits of wood became the central theme of Thoma.
The Pillars of the Company Thoma
Thoma stands for a healthy living environment. The ideal to use wood and its health-promoting effect in the form of building materials accompanied Thoma since its founding in 1990.
- Holz100 is the first building material to be produced using solar energy.
- Thoma operates the world's first and largest moonwood sawmill as well as a saw casting plant.
- The Neo Ark in Kitzbuhel. From Holz100 the first large office (6,600 sq.m.) was built entirely of wood in which the heating and cooling costs are zero Euros.
- The Forsthofalm in Leogang: Holz100 became the first seven-storey wooden hotel with a pool built on the roof.
• Holz100 is the world's quietest wooden hotel. The Waldklause in Längenfeld.
• Holz100 became the first five-storey without insulation and heating technology made of wood. The residential and commercial building of N11 Architekten, Switzerland.
Thoma Holz100 is #1
Holz100 brings always new, unimagined possibilities in timber construction. The following list shows pioneering projects in which Holz100 pushes the boundaries of the imaginable in solid wood construction has redefined.
Thoma products have the European Technical Approval, as they come from sustainable raw material cycles in PEFC certified forests and are among many others. Holz100 is also awarded as the only building system in the world with the Cradle to Cradle Gold certification.
The services range from the small, relocatable and independent solid wood furniture to multi-storey hotel, office, school or hospital construction. Each house is a unique piece that is designed, calculated and manufactured for you and is mounted.
The company Thoma produces tailor made houses that are fit to every individual's tastes and harmonize with all climates. With over 100 partner companies is Thoma active in 33 countries of the world.