About 2018-04-10T01:13:30+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.


Every building should be a Passive House building!

What’s the hold up?

I have joined the incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated Passive House community to take down the barriers and educate my Southern California building and real estate community to get rid of the barriers and embrace the advantages of a Passive House (aka high efficiency, most comfortable and environmental friendly buildings – buildings that make sense). 

I currently volunteer on the Board of Directors for Passive House as Treasurer. I am a Certified Passive House Consultant, a LEED AP BD+C, Homes and a WELL AP.  

After a career as Management Consultant for Fortune 500 clients in many different industries I decided to use my management, consulting and problem-solving skills in building modernization and real estate. 

My services include Passive House and California Title 24 Consulting.  

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 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