In 2005, a Category 4 hurricane made landfall near Buras, Louisiana, bringing 145 mph winds, inundating New Orleans, and leaving a path of destruction the size of the United Kingdom. Within hours, a city dubbed "the Big Easy" was awash in tragedy. As a result, more than 300,000 new single family homes will need to be built in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi in the coming months. Six of those homes are being piloted in Pass Christian, Mississippi. This paper analyzes the incremental costs and payback periods to upgrade these new homes to be energy efficient.