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ABOUT.

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 the perfect healthy super cookie and probiotic drink.

I believe the perfect dining set has at least one chair that is different, even better, each chair is different with just one common characteristic. For me that makes the most harmonious and well functioning group, or dining set. In this spirit I like to approach thing in all my endeavors.

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.

WORK.

For more than a decade I worked as a management consultant for Fortune 500 clients in many different industries. I am highly experienced in business process and data modeling as well as facilitating communications between business and technology teams to ensure that business requirements 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 Energy Consultant in my own firm.  The common theme of all these roles has been problem solving, project management and team coordination, just overall project work with all its challenges.

I left my consulting job to pursue a career path more meaningful to me. After some time searching for a job with a purpose I decided to join the sustainable building community as a sustainability and energy consultant building on my technical and analytical expertise.

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

Currently I am primarily working on energy modeling for Title 24 code compliance and Passive House consulting for retrofits.

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

As a side project and prototype for my own firm, PV Blue, I am currently creating a step-by-step retrofit plan based on the EnerPHit Standard to modernize The Ranch and make it a zero net energy home over time.
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

EDUCATION.

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

CONTACT.

Let’s connect –  beate@beatekirmse.com