Papercrete is a new construction material made most often with waste paper, cement and water. People have been using papercrete to build low cost homes without a clear understanding of its structural properties. The purpose of this study is to obtain some mechanical and physical parameters of papercrete by doing several laboratory tests. The samples tested were made following the most common mixes that papercrete makers are using currently. The experimental setup used to test the samples is briefly described and some test results are tabulated in tables. This will allow us to reach some conclusions and make several recommendations for using papercrete to build homes. Copyright ASCE 2006.