About

Beate Kirmse is a Real Estate Investor and vivid advocate in how to use the Passive House Standard to design and construct comfortable and ultra-low energy buildings that are easily switched into Zero Net Energy Buildings by adding renewable energy on site.

She adapted the online course Fundamentals of the Passive House Standard to the unique nature of the U.S. building industry and standards. The course was originally developed by the Passive House Institute with a focus on the European market.

Beate invests in performing and non-performing notes and is always looking for opportunities. She is also working on her Real Estate license these days and is always ready to help her clients distinguish energy efficient and sustainable building features – sellers and buyers alike.

PH Basics is a venture for her to support the evolution from standard building practices to Passive House Standard in the U.S. by

  • sharing her own story renovating her home, a 1948 Ranch house, to the Passive House Standard, step-by-step,
  • providing online training for anybody who is interested in learning the basics of the Passive House Standard, and
  • creating awareness of sustainable and energy efficient building features to all participants in the Real Estate industry.

Beate is a Certified Passive House Consultant, LEED AP, WELL AP and holds a master’s in business administration with a minor in information technology from University of Stuttgart, Germany.

Born, raised and educated in Germany, Beate immigrated to the U.S. due to a job offer by a U.S. consulting company in 1998. She lives with her husband and two pugs on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, just South of Los Angeles.

Beate Kirmse