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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 best tasting, healthy super cookie.

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 wild life 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.

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 about two years I retooled myself, 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.

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 am more interested in the residential market and want to help improve building performance for residential projects. I decided to create my own destiny and partner with other like-minded individuals and firms.

Already in 2015 I started PV Blue, and currently work on energy modeling for Title 24 code compliance, Passive House consulting for retrofits and educating my trade as well as home owners, buyers and sellers about the benefits of green building and certification, such as Passive House Standard, Green Point Rated and Energy Star.

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

As a side project and prototype for 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
Meet my husband Bern Galvin