About 2018-07-16T19:13:08+00:00


Figuring stuff out and learning new things is what I like. I have several projects going on at all times – using my hands is as much important as using my brain.

As a student I used to refurbish old furniture as a way to clear my mind after exams. Now it’s gardening that relaxes me – and working on that recipe for a hops soda.

A lot of my spare time is spent weeding and digging holes for yet another California native plant I discovered and decided to must have in my garden. In the meantime a bare acre of land has developed into a nice little wildlife habitat and I am forever surprised and delighted how many different bugs and birds you can attract by simply providing them with the right plants and some water.

Starting my day I go running with my two pugs – maybe the most athletic Möpse around – I certainly have a hard time keeping up with them.


After starting my company offering Title 24 energy compliance reporting, I discovered the Passive House Standard and became a Certified Passive House Consultant.

I am especially interested in converting our existing building stock into ultra-energy efficient and comfortable buildings using the Passive House EnerPHit step-by-step methodology for retrofits.

I am using my own 1948 Ranch house to prepare an EnerPHit Retrofit plan and execute the first retrofit step to get pre-certified.

My goal is to learn from the experience and to promote EnerPHit step-by-step as a superior method for energy efficient retrofits to the industry, including owners, utilities, municipalities, and everybody who is interested in energy efficient building renovation.

I graduated with a master’s degree in Business and Information Technology from University of Stuttgart, Germany and came to the U.S. in 1998 to join one of the biggest U.S. consulting firms at the time.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula just South of Los Angeles is where I enjoy life with my husband and two pugs.

It is a pleasure to serve as the treasurer on the Passive House California Board of Directors to help make a difference.

Hempcrete Ingredients
In 2014 I managed a 900 sq ft addition to our home, The Ranch. In the process I receive the first building permit for a sustainable building material, called Hempcrete, on the West Coast. This experience was the trigger for me to become part of the green building industry.
Exposed Hempcrete Wall

Currently I am working on a step-by-step retrofit project based on the Passive House EnerPHit Standard to modernize our home.


University of Stuttgart, Germany

  • Diplom Kaufman, technisch orientiert

Business Administration and Information Technology (equivalent to a U.S. Master’s Degree)

  • CPHC – Certified Passive House Consultant  |  Passive House Institute, Germany
  • LEED AP BD+C – LEED Accredited Professional for Building Design and Construction
  • LEED AP Homes – LEED Accredited Professional for Homes
  • WELL AP – WELL Accredited Professional – International Well Building Institute, NY
  • RESET ASP – RESET Accredited Service Provider  |   GIGA U.S.
  • Certificate in Environmental Technology  |  El Camino College, CA
  • Certificate in Arts Administration  |  New York University, NY
Beate Kirmse


Let’s connect –  beate@beatekirmse.com