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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.


For more than a decade I worked as a management consultant for Fortune 500 clients in many different industries. I especially liked working with my clients – from sales meetings, setting the scope of work, educating them about new technology, and working side by side implementing project goals until handing over the implemented solutions to their oversight. I enjoyed problem solving, marketing of new ideas and solutions and coordinating business and technology teams to ensure that business needs are appropriately translated into technical specifications and software solutions.

Over the years I served in a diverse set of roles including Software Developer, IT Manager, Business Analyst, Management Consultant, Executive Director, Gallery Owner and now Passive House Consultant.

A few years back I left my consulting job to pursue a different career path. After some time searching for a job with a purpose I decided to join the sustainable building community as an energy and sustainability consultant and work with people to improve their home’s energy efficiency, comfort and durability.

For about two years I retooled myself, studied building science, energy modeling and the California Title 24 Energy and Green Code (CalGreen). I am now a Title 24 Consultant and certified as a Passive House Consultant, Home Energy Score AssessorLEED AP BD+C and Homes, WELL AP and REST ASP.

Due to an unexpected offer in 2016 I worked for a big architecture firm in Los Angeles focusing on the administration of LEED and WELL certifications for commercial projects. I realized that I really want to be more hands on to help improve building performance, including retrofits. I decided to create my own destiny and partner with other like-minded individuals and firms.

I graduated with a master’s degree in Business and Computer Science from University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Blowerdoor Test
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 creating a step-by-step retrofit plan based on the Passive House EnerPHit Standard to modernize The Ranch to a zero net energy 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
Meet my husband Bern Galvin