RIBA president Marco Goldschmied conceded last week that he has been overlooked for a place on Tony Blair's new sustainability commission.
The president had put his name forward in July to become one of 20 experts on a panel headed by environmental campaigner Jonathon Porritt. The panel is to advise the government on the sustainability of all areas of government policy.
The move will be seen as a blow to the RIBA's attempts to communicate directly with government over the key issue of Goldschmied's presidency.
In a statement in July outlining his desire to take up the highprofile position, Goldschmied said: 'I will be seeking representation for the RIBA on the commission so that architects can be involved directly in this crucial debate.'
In the UK, energy used by existing buildings accounts for 46 per cent of all CO 2emissions.
Now the RIBA is planning to submit to the commission its research on sustainability in the built environment in place of direct representation.
Goldschmied sought to play down his omission. 'As long as there is a channel through which these issues can be communicated, then it really doesn't matter who does it, ' he said.
The make-up of the commission is still under wraps although its secretary, Patricia Hayes, did confirm that Goldschmied's application had been unsuccessful. But she stressed that there would be commissioners 'who have an interest in the built environment', when the list is announced later this month.