This experimental investigation is focused on strength and durability of high performance engineered cementitious composites (HECC). HECC is a mortar based cement composites comprising of 1% steel and 1% polypropylene fibers without coarse aggregates and designed based on micromechanics design principle. The mechanical properties such as compressive strength, splitting tensile strength, flexural strength and modulus of elasticity were evaluated for HECC and compared with normal concrete. In addition to the mechanical properties durability studies in terms of plastic shrinkage and rapid chloride penetration tests were also performed between HECC and normal concrete. The experimental test results revealed that compressive strength of HECC was similar to control concrete. The splitting tensile strength, flexural strength and modulus of elasticity results of HECC were higher than control concrete. The durability test results of HECC exhibited no crack behavior in plastic shrinkage and low chloride ion penetration compared to control concrete. The composites with steel and polypropylene fibers without coarse aggregates performed better both in terms of strength and durability properties. © 2018 Associated Cement Companies Ltd. All rights reserved.